Under the Kyoto Protocol, European Union member states have agreed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases - such as CO2 - by 8 per cent below 1990 levels by 2012. The UK has agreed to go further than this, and aims to reduce its emissions by 12.5 per cent. The UK is also obliged to cap its overall greenhouse gas emissions across all industries under the Climate Change Act 2008.
The UK's CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is an incentive to improve energy efficiency in large public and private sector organisations. The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) regulates the scheme, and certain aspects are administered by the Environment Agency.
This guide explains how the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme works, which businesses are affected and how you can comply with the scheme.